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History Of The Irish Potato

Sir Walter Raleigh's is revered to as the man who brought the potato to Ireland. In this documentary, John Skehan looks at the importance of the potato in Ireland, as well as the history and sociological impact it had on the people of Ireland. (Broadcast 1984)

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History Of The Irish Potato

SUMMARY: Raleigh's 'sweet potato' from South America, the 'Irish' Potato from Virginia…Myths about the Potato…folk cures (e.g. warts), importance of potato in Ireland from 17th century esp. by 1800…

Arthur Young's praise of the potato diet of the Irish, famines of 1845 and 1847 not unexpected…government was aware of problems (1845), some areas unaffected, Leitrim planting methods…

Ways of cooking potatoes, boxty, tatie-hokers in Scotland, whole families involved…

Potato Research - testing new strains, regional tastes (e.g., U.K.) testing potatoes, no good grading yet in Ireland, standards not enforced, diminishing importance of potato.

Produced and presented by John Skehan.

Contributors: Theodora Fitzgibbon, Dr Paddy Logan, Martin J Kelly, Harry Keogh (Foras Talúntais, Carlow), Joan Dillon (Potato-taster), Joan Aherne (IFA Potato Growers Group).

February 18 1984

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries

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